Fabio Capello believes Jack Wilshere represents the very best of England's new breed, writes simon stone.
The 19-year-old will be handed the midfield holding role when England tackle Denmark in Copenhagen tonight.
It is the start of what Capello expects to be a lengthy run in the England line-up for Wilshere, who has long been viewed as a prospect of huge potential and whom the England boss has noted rapid strides from this season.
"Jack Wilshere represents the very best of the young players," said Capello. "I saw five or six games at the start of the season and he played well. But he was not as good as he is now.
"After a lot of games with a really important team like Arsenal he has improved a lot. He has played with a lot of confidence. And, players like Cesc Fabregas pass the ball to him all the time because their confidence in him was really clear as well. Wilshere will be a really important player."
Still, the job he will be asked to complete at the Parken Stadium, allowing stand-in skipper Frank Lampard to make the most of his attacking attributes, while not completely alien, is hardly familiar.
However, Arsene Wenger has assured Capello his young star is up to the task.
"I spoke with Arsene about it and he told me Jack can do it," said Capello. "He is good when the team goes forward and stays in front of the back four. I hope he will stay in front of the back four like a centre-back."
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